Rehabilitating the flood victims directly.We the workers of the Changampuzha Library took up the rehabilitation of some of the flood victims by way distributing food items, clothes, toiletries, fruits, snacks, medicines, stationery items and other needful. We opened a counter in the library and announced that we will accept the above items and distribute the same to the actually needy people. The result was excellent. We got several things from within outside the State. Certain people donated cash for which we purchased needful items and distributed.
To make sure that these items reached the real needy people we are contacts with different refugee camps and identified the known volunteers. Through them only these items were transferred and distributed. We did not give any political colour to our set up, because of this support came from all walks of life. There was the added advantage since the activities are taken inside the library hall itself, such that no others could interfere in the affairs.
Now, since the situation is better and the people are getting settled in their cleaned houses we found many have lost their household utensils, such as different pots, plates, glasses, spoons, etc. So we have now started to collect such items from different well wishers. Also in most of the houses there will be duplicate or triplicate items without being used. Sometimes, marriage presentations etc. will contain such utensils, which were never used. People are, however, coming forward with such utensils. Our duty is to see that these reach the needy.
An approximate estimate showed the the cost of items distributed so far has crossed twelve lakh rupees.